The Seaport Neighborhood is a historic area at the southern tip of Manhattan along the East River with a rich maritime history. The port continues to be the home to a fleet of 5 ships including the 1907 lightship Ambrose, a “floating lighthouse” to guide ships from the Atlantic Ocean into the broad mouth of lower New York Bay, the 1885 ship Wavertree, one of the last large sailing ships built of wrought iron, and the 1885 schooner Pioneer, a fishing schooner Lettie G. Howard, the W.O Decker a wooden steam tug boat, and an authentic 19th century schooner, with public sails daily from May thru October. The Seaport features some of the oldest architecture and the largest concentration of commercial buildings from the 19th century. A section of the Fulton Street area is preserved as cobblestone and is home to Seaport Museum, shops, bars, movie theater and restaurants.
The Seaport’s historic district is embarking upon a new era. The area is connected through an underground passageway from Fulton Center to Brookfield Place. The refurbished Tin Building, once home to one of the world’s largest fish markets and the future home of the Jean-Georges curated food market and roof-top garden. The building has been moved out of the floodplain and rebuilt piece by piece, restoring it to its 19th-century glory and pushed back from the FDR Drive, which includes an increased plaza space for both customers and local residents to enjoy. The culture scene is moving down-town as a new summer Riverside Concert series at Pier 17’s massive 1.5-acre rooftop entertainment space will showcasing top-notch talent. Award winning restaurateurs, retailers are revitalizing the area making the Seaport chic again.
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